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EghtesadOnline: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took part in a joint press conference with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin.

During the press conference, Zarif said Iran and Germany have had good relations over the past decades based on mutual confidence as well as common interests, ISNA reported.

“Today, after the removal of the unjust sanctions which Germany played a key role in their lifting, we are witnessing growth in the economic relations between Iran and Germany,” he said.

Zarif further referred to his good talks with German officials during his visit to Berlin, adding that the European country’s officials and industrial managers have the required will to expand their ties with Iran.

“We are interested in making use of Germany’s economic and banking facilities,” he noted.

The Iranian top diplomat also noted that Iran is a safe state in a region which is suffering from instability and terrorism.

“Despite this, Iran has managed to establish a democratic state which is a good partner for Germany,” he added.

For his part, the German foreign minister hailed Iran’s positive role in the Middle East and expressed the hope that the Islamic Republic would help find a solution to the crises in Syria and Iraq.

“My country hopes that Iran continues to play its positive role in Iraq and Syria and find a way to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict,” Gabriel said.

“We hope Iran prepares the ground for investment and manages to settle the disputes in the region. We also hope that Iran expands its ties with the neighboring countries,” he noted.

The German top diplomat also welcomed the expansion of ties between Tehran and Berlin in all fields and said Iran is a great and strong country and President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to provide the Iranian nation with an improved economy.

He said during his meeting with Zarif, the two sides exchanged views on their differences over some issues including Israel.

The German minister also referred to the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers known as JCOPA and said, “Some states claim that Iran has failed to fulfill its commitments under the nuclear deal, but the reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reveal the opposite”.


“Germany has expressed its support for the deal and we call on all sides to back the deal and stop casting doubt about it,” Gabriel noted.

Zarif also met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.

Zarif attended the annual meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin where he termed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a win-win solution.

The Iranian foreign minister also met German finance minister on Monday and the two sides discussed the expansion of banking relations.

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